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6 December 2014

Bangladesh: Conviction of journalist chills speech

The December 2 conviction of journalist David Bergman on contempt charges by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) further shrinks the narrowing space for observers to comment on the war crimes proceedings, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Bangladesh
5 December 2014

The world’s pitiful response to Syria’s refugee crisis

World leaders are failing to offer protection to Syria’s most vulnerable refugees with catastrophic consequences, Amnesty International has warned in a new briefing ahead of a UN pledging conference in Geneva on 9 December.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
5 December 2014

UK court decision on government mass surveillance: 'Trust us' isn't enough

The tribunal which oversees the practices of the UK secret services today ruled that the law governing the UK’s communications surveillance practices complies with the Human Rights Act, in what Amnesty International said was a ‘disappointing if unsurprising’ ruling. 

Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Human Rights Standards,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK
5 December 2014

More deaths in the Mediterranean Sea highlight need for EU-wide search and rescue plan

European Union member states must urgently step up efforts to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach their countries by sea after it was revealed this morning that 16 bodies were found on board a rubber dinghy rescued off the coast of Libya yesterday, said Amnesty International. 

5 December 2014

Indonesia: Stop imminent execution of five people

The Indonesian government’s apparent plans to execute five people by the end of the year must be halted immediately, Amnesty International said today. The organization urged the government to impose a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty with a view to its eventual abolition.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Indonesia
5 December 2014

Kenya: Justice for victims of post-election violence still an urgent priority

Justice for victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence is still an urgent priority, said Amnesty International, following today’s move by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to withdraw charges of crimes against humanity against Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta.

Region Africa
Country Kenya
5 December 2014

Azerbaijan: Detention of journalist Khadija Ismayilova a blatant bid to gag free media

Today’s court order authorizing two months of pre-trial detention for the well-known Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova is just the latest move to silence independent media voices in the country, Amnesty International said. 

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Azerbaijan
4 December 2014

New report exposes culture of impunity within Philippine police force

A pervasive culture of impunity is allowing torture by police to go unchecked in the Philippines, Amnesty International’s latest report, Above the Law: Police Torture in the Philippines, revealed today as it launched a major new campaign to stop torture in the country. 

Tags
  • Stop Torture,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
4 December 2014

Bahrain: Three-year sentence for ripping up photo of the King

A court in Manama has today handed down a three-year prison sentence and a 3,000 Bahraini Dinar (approx. US$8,000) fine to prominent activist Zainab Al-Khawaja, for allegedly “insulting the king” when she tore up a photograph of him in a court in October. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Bahrain
4 December 2014

Judgement expected on UK mass surveillance case

A judgement is expected at 10am on 5 December 2014 on whether the UK mass surveillance programme is lawful. This follows a legal challenge brought jointly by Amnesty International, Liberty and Privacy International. 

Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK

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